News for 21 July 2013

All the news for Sunday 21 July 2013


Gold medal matches set to be Western Cape derbies

JONATHAN COOK


The  weather that played such a disruptive role in Friday’s schedule, was kind to the Cape Town Under-18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival Saturday, which enabled the two remaining semi-finals to be played out in anticipation of Sunday afternoon’s boys’ and girls’ gold medal matches.|

Cape Town’s northern suburbs girls’ hockey powerhouse Stellenberg - under the guidance of former national player Pauline de Bruin - enjoyed a solid 2-0 win over impressive underdogs Chisipite School of Harare in Zimbabwe at Hartleyvale Saturday to set up a tantalising 2.30 pm girls’ final at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium Sunday  against the super-talented Somerset College team from Somerset West.

Friday afternoon’s first girls’ semi-final was remarkable in that neither school has an Astro, yet both have still been able to produce two very good teams. The Somerset College girls beat a quality Windhoek High School first team by a 2-1 scoreline in an exciting semi-final at Hartleyvale stadium.

Windhoek High School’s country, Namibia, is still without a single Astro - a crying shame in that there is obviously so much talent there.

Somerset College is a beautiful school situated on an old wine farm just 50 kilometres outside Cape Town whose first team girls’ hockey side have achieved so much despite not having an Astro of their own.

Rumour has it that their Astro-less scenario is due to change and no doubt the Somerset College boys’ first team will soon be catching up to their girls’ side as far as prominence on the national schools’ hockey hierarchy is concerned.

The other outstanding semi-final that was also postponed from Friday to Saturday due to the waterlogged Hartleyvale stadium pitch saw defending champs Wynberg - widely recognised as the top schoolboy team in the country under the sage guidance of head coach Anton Grobler and hockey pro Jamie Kroukamp – unseated by arch-rivals Rondebosch.

The 1-0 win for Rondebosch at Wynberg Saturday was the product of immense determination in what was a fiercely competitive match that could have gone either way. Wynberg had won choice of venue after TEAM Sports MD and Festival founder Chris Brothers tossed a coin Friday in front of the respective schools’ hockey staff, and Grobler made the correct call.

Rondebosch will now meet head coach Neville Rothman’s classy Paul Roos side in Sunday’s 4 pm boys’ final at Hartleyvale. The on-song Western Cape team beat The Netherlands’ Kennemer Lyceum 4-2 at the Western Province Cricket Club hockey centre Friday.

Outside the gold medal Festival title matches, the remaining 34 teams still have much to play for in Sunday’s final classification matches.

Entrance is free, while more info can be obtained at www.capetownhockeyfestival.com

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

Boys


Friday: Paul Roos 4 Kennemer Lyceum 2

Saturday: Rondebosch 1 Wynberg 0

Girls

Friday: Somerset College 2 Windhoek High School 1

Saturday: Stellenberg 2 Chisipite School 0

SUNDAY’S FINALS
(All at Hartleyvale stadium)

Girls: Somerset College vs Stellenberg (2.30 pm)

Boys: Paul Roos vs Rondebosch (4 pm)

FRIDAY’S OTHER OUTSTANDING RESULTS


Girls’ cross-pool playoffs

St Cyprians 2 Bancroft 2; Windhoek Gim 7 Como Secondary 7

Cape Town Under-18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival media release



Midlands Men, Auckland Women take U18 titles



The Midlands Men and Auckland Women have won the National Under-18 Tournament at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton.

It was a commanding performance from the Midlands Men, who carried their tremendous momentum at the tournament into the final where they rolled Canterbury 5-2.

Doubles from Joseph Lyons and Hamish McGeorge, as well as a fifth goal through Jonty Keaney guided Midlands to victory in front of a home crowd.

In the bronze medal game, Capital soundly defeated Auckland 9-2 to finish third overall at the tournament.

On the women’s side of the draw, Auckland secured a tight 2-1 win over Capital thanks to goals from Tyler Lench and Hannah-Rose Elia. Southern Women took third place ahead of Central.

With the action wrapped up at the National U18 Tournament, selections for the Tiger Turf U18 Men’s and Women’s national squad will be announced in the next few days. The Tiger Turf U18 Men and Women are part of the Sir Owen G. Glenn Future Black Sticks programme.

CLICK HERE for more information on the National U18 Tournament

2013 NATIONAL U18 TOURNAMENT – FINAL PLACINGS

MEN

1. Midlands
2. Canterbury
3. Capital
4. Auckland
5. Central
6. North Harbour
7. Southern
8. Northland

WOMEN
1. Auckland
2. Capital
3. Southern
4. Central
5. Northland
6. Midlands
7. Canterbury
8. North Harbour

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Harrison excited ahead of Ford NHL return



Northland’s Charlotte Harrison is prepared for what will be one of the hardest fought Ford National Hockey League tournaments in several years.

With players vying for selection in the men’s and women’s 2013/14 National Squads, this year’s NHL will showcase the best hockey talent New Zealand has on offer.

Harrison has missed the past two NHL campaigns but is back and looking to help Northland succeed against New Zealand’s other seven regions.

The 23-year-old is enjoying spending time with her regional team after a full-on year with the Black Sticks and club hockey in Europe, and believes this year’s Northland team will play as a tight unit.

“I haven’t been in the Northland blue for a while but it’s always nice to head back and play for your home province. I think we’ve got a good team going forward so we’ll be looking to put it all together and get some wins at NHL,” Harrison said.

“We’ve got a few of the more experienced girls coming back and just having their knowledge there will be great, and we also have two quality imports so it’ll be good to see how they go.”

Northland will miss the experience and skill of Stacey Michelsen, who has been ruled out with a knee cartilage tear, but Harrison is confident the team can still succeed in what will be a fiercely competitive tournament.

“Stacey’s definitely our key player so it’s a big disappointment to not have her playing. She’s a huge asset to the team but like at World League, we’ve just got to learn to deal with it. She’s a big part of the team so it’ll be hard not having her there.

“It’s always exciting when all the Black Sticks are playing and it makes the competition a lot stronger. It will be interesting to see everyone battling out against each other instead of being on the same team.

“I haven’t played in a few years so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing against some of my Black Sticks teammates.”

Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2013 Ford NHL are across various locations from August 10-11 with all remaining rounds hosted at North Harbour Hockey Stadium from August 17-25. This year’s National Senior Tournament will also be contested at the same time as the NHL.

MARK CROMIE HOLDEN NORTHLAND WOMEN

Alana Millington, Carli Michelsen (Region of Origin), Charlotte Harrison (National Squad), Ella Gunson (Development Squad), Elley Miller, Jess McAlister, Laura Douglas, Nicky Howes (Region of Origin), Jane Thompson, Jenna Cartwright (International Guest Player), Naomi Evans (International Guest Player), Jade McLeod, Rebekah Williams (Guest Player), Courtney Henderson (Guest Player), Jodie Nichol, Aleyse Morgan, Courtney Phillips.

CLICK HERE for Charlotte Harrison's full player profile

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Familiar foes for Malaysia in Junior World Cup

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian National Juniors (Project 2013) have been drawn with Pakistan, England and South Africa in Group D for the Junior World Cup tournament in New Delhi from Dec 5-16.

Ironically, the four teams will see action next month in the Sultan of Johor Cup which will be held in Johor Baru.

They are among the teams in the seven-nation meet which includes Argentina, India and South Korea.

Malaysia will also play England in three test matches in England from Aug 1-4 as part of their European Tour programme.

In fact, Malaysia could also be playing Pakistan a second time before the Junior World Cup when they go for a four-nation meet in India which is a test event for the Finals.

The test event is scheduled for October.

Germany are the top seeds for the Junior World Cup after their winning effort in 2009 final where they defeated Holland 3-1.

They are in Group A together with South Korea, Belgium and Egypt.

Holland are the leaders in Group C with New Zealand, India and Canada while Australia, who finished third in 2009, head Group B with Spain, Argentina and France.

The Junior World Cup is a 16-team affair with the top two teams in each group making the cut for the second round which will involve two groups of four teams each.

Meanwhile, the Project 2013 team who are leaving for their European tour today, and the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have not been informed over the groupings.

Junior World Cup 2013
Group A: Germany, S. Korea, Belgium, Egypt.
Group B: Australia, Spain, Argentina, France.
Group C: Holland, New Zealand, India, Canada.
Group D: England, Pakistan, South Africa, Malaysia.

The Star of Malaysia



The ‘Malaysian way’ syndrome

by Tony Mariadass



REVINGTON: Not the first foreign coach to be facing problems working in Malaysia

WHAT is it with foreign coaches and Malaysian sports associations?

The latest to experience Malaysian “in-hospitality” is national hockey coach Paul Revington, who, after having resigned before the World League semi-final in Johor Baru, has agreed to stay for the championship.

And on Tuesday, Revington was persuaded to fulfil his contract which ends in August next year.

Revington is not the fi rst foreign coach to face problems working in Malaysia, as many others in various sports had had similar encounters and either left in a huff , terminated their contracts or were amicably dismissed by the sports associations.

I can remember as far back as 1986 when national soccer coach from England, Frank Lord, left with a game in hand in the pre-World Cup tournament in Seoul after the FA of Malaysia management decided not to entertain his request to extend his contract before the match.

Malaysia had defeated Korea 1-0 at home and needed only a draw in the away match to qualify for the next round, but FAM decided that they could do it without Lord. They named Mohamad Bakar as the coach and recalled the late Datuk Mokhtar Dahari from retirement for the match.

Malaysia lost 2-0 to Korea. To this day, I believe Malaysia would have got a draw in Seoul and qualified for the next round with Lord at the helm.

Lord had this to say about working in Malaysia before he left: “Malaysia is a beautiful country, warm and friendly people, great food and places to visit, but defi nitely not a place to work in sport.”

The list of foreign coaches who exited the Malaysian coaching scene, frustrated at not being given a free hand or forced out by the associations, is indeed long.

Among the notable ones are badminton’s Morten Frost (Denmark), Park Joo Bong and Yoo Yong Sung (Korea), Li Mao (China) and Rexy Mainakay (Indonesia), soccer’s Trevor Hartley (England) and George Knoble (Holland), Claude Le Roy (France) and the late Bertalan Bisskek (Hungary), and athletics’ Daniel St Hilaire (Canada).

Revington was quoted as saying: “I never experienced such situations when coaching in South Africa and Ireland. So it came as a culture shock and the fact that something that should have been resolved in about three weeks took five months was also a bane for me.”

Granted, foreign coaches have to understand the local culture and make adjustments, but when this means compromising on work ethic, it is indeed baffling.

Why must Malaysian sports associations or the National Sports Council hire foreign coaches, pay them well, with perks thrown in, only to tell them to do things the Malaysian way? How then will they be able to impart their expertise to the players and local coaches?

The associations should just hire local coaches, who come much cheaper, and get them to work the way the administrators want them to.

If Revington or other foreign coaches had problems working in Malaysia, it probably had to do with their personality, but when we have a string of them crying foul for the same reasons — interference from the administrators, lack of support from the local coaches, revolting players, the unfulfilment of the terms of contract, among others — we have to take a hard look at ourselves.

Is there something wrong with our sports officials? Are local coaches intimidated by foreign coaches? Are players shying away from regimented training and playing politics?

Foreign coaches are not here to stay. They will leave when their contracts end. So shouldn’t we tap their experience and knowledge so that local coaches can become better?

It is time the authorities who hire these foreigners acted more professionally.

More often than not, they do not take the trouble to understand what makes these coaches tick and how they work.

By the same token, the foreign coaches have to respect our culture. There have been cases where they were problematic, but we have to follow procedures when dismissing them. If local sports officials had dealt with matters, however trivial, properly, they would not have run into problems.

Why ruin it when we have a good thing going for Malaysian sport?

Local sports officials should stop playing politics, taking the side of players or officials and promoting their own agenda.

At the end of the day, sport is bigger than any individual.

With mutual respect, working towards a common goal and leaving politics and bickering out of the equation, Malaysian sport will surely see better times.

Let us not tarnish our image in the eyes of foreign coaches.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



IHF blames Haryana government for change in Federation Cup venue

NEW DELHI: The lackadaisical attitude of the Haryana government has forced the Indian Hockey Federation-backed Federation Cup tournament to be shifted to the Capital out of the state, the organisers of the event said on Saturday.

The Federation Cup, a premier domestic hockey tournament, was supposed to be hosted by the Haryana Hockey Association in Shahbad from July 23 to 28 but the unavailability of grounds have forced the organisers to shift the event to the newly-constructed Shivaji Stadium.

"The unavailability of ground has compelled us to shift the tournament to Shivaji stadium. We approached the chief minister of Haryana twice in the last one month, but we didn't get any favourable reply from him," said vice president of Hockey Association of Haryana (HAH), KK Verma.

"The department of Haryana sports government was requested to make available the Shahbad astroturf stadium for organising the event but unfortunately despite our persistent follow up with the government officials we did not receive the requisite from them," Verma said.

"We approached the chief minister and the sports ministry of Haryana on numerous occasions but that too did not yield any positive response and we were forced to call off the plan to host the tournament in Shahbad," he said.

"The IHF finally came to our rescue and decided to shift the venue to Delhi. It was lesson for us and IHF," he added.

IHF secretary general Ashok Mathur said that the episode was a "lesson" for them.

"WE repeatedly approached the Haryana government but failed to get a response from them till July 10. Since the dates of the tournament were fixed and all the teams have booked their tickets we were forced to change the venue," Mathur said.

The IHF and HAH have managed to rope in Alchemist group as the sponsor of the eight-team event to be held from July 23 to 28.

Eight teams -- reigning champions Karnataka, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Manipur will fight for4 the top honours.

The Times of India



Dhyan Chand deserves the Bharat Ratna more than Sachin Tendulkar


Sachin Tendulkar and Dhyan Chand

It's a `manufactured' debate in my opinion, but one that deserves some attention nonetheless for the simple reason that for the first time a sportsperson has come seriously under the ambit of the highest civilian award in the country .

This, according to me, is more significant than who will win this 'race', for it signals a profound rise in national and governmental awareness about sports. For decades, sport had been perceived as a mere recreational or leisure activity, not something which contributes substantially to the making of society or a nation, and any change in this mindset is to be heartily welcomed.

Indeed, it was only as late as November 2011 that the government changed the criteria for nomination to the Bharat Ratna to include sportspersons. Where it was originally restricted to persons excelling in arts, litera ture, science and public service, the amended criteria now reads as for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavor.

It must be remembered that this amendment was triggered by the clamour for awarding Sachin Tendulkar this honour. It began with his scoring the first double century in One-Day Internationals a year earlier and got a massive fillip when he played a key role in India winning the 2011 World Cup.

The then sports minister Ajay Maken worked hard to get this change effected, lobbying with various sections in the government and also writing to the home minister and Prime Minister, before the assent came.

It was a triumph for sports, but it also gave rise to the debate as to who the first recipient should be. While Tendulkar had become the cause celebre, as it were, even in 2011, Maken had suggested that hockey wizard Dhyan Chand was an equally worthy recipient.

This debate has now gathered steam, what with the current sport minister Jitendra Prasad and sports secretary Pradeep Deb — after furious backroom lobbying — formally petitioning the government that the hockey great be awarded the Bharat Ratna. On the face of it, the debate is specious because there is little to choose between Tendulkar and Dhyan Chand where achievements are concerned: both have humungous amounts to their credit, not the least that they have been considered the best in the world in their time.

In this context, I would throw a third name too in the ring, Vishwanathan Anand, who has been a towering global figure in chess and multiple world champion. If he is not ahead of them in title and honours, Vishy Anand is at least the equal of both Dhyan Chand and Tendulkar.

Where Anand might lose out by a wafer-thin margin is the fact that the other two is the fact that hockey (at least till the mid-1980s) and cricket (always) have enjoyed mass popularity which can swing public sentiment, and hence even government decisions.

So where does that leave the issue of who should get the Bharat Ratna? As I mentioned at the start, the ‘race’ for who is the first is media-contrived.

That said, my own preference would be for Dhyan Chand who lies buried in memory and nostalgia, which too is fading rapidly.

Both Tendulkar and Anand are in their early 40s, very young and still active. Their contribution is unimpeachable and their time will surely come.

As a nation, we have a poor sense of history and legacy which desperately needs to be corrected.

Dhyan Chand getting the award would help acknowledge a true-blue genius as well as give hockey a massive shot in the arm.

Moreover — and this is entirely my speculation — if put to the vote, both Tendulkar and Anand would go for the Major from Jhansi whose skills at the 1936 Berlin Olympics made Adolf Hitler bite his tongue in consternation and deflate his theory of Aryan supremacy.

The Asian Age



WC Eagles Sweep 2013 National Club Championship by Earning U14, U16 and U19 First Place Finishes

From the quickness of an insert to the timing of a substitution, field hockey is a game of increments measured by minutes and millimeters.

But no such clock or ruler can begin to calculate the pure love of the game and ambition the athletes at the 2013 National Club Championship displayed in Virginia Beach, Va. during the past week. The Harrow Sports sponsored event drew nearly 680 competitors from across the nation to contend for the title of greatest club in the United States. Golden sticks, medals and memories were awarded to the WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) Under-19 Champions in the final round of tournament matches. The Eagles defeated the Nook (Lancaster, Pa.) 5-1 to earn the title of 2013 National Club Champions. In tremendous fashion and in continuation of this pattern, the Eagles swept the rest of the 2013 National Club Championship age divisions. 

The Under-19 Bronze Championship round was held between where Jersey Intensity (Monmouth Beach, NJ) and Saints Field Hockey Club (Virginia Beach, Va.). The teams gave the crowd a thrilling match of relentless play to watch. The game ended in a 5-4 score with the third-place finish going to Jersey Intensity.

Although the tournament is still in its infancy, the 2013 National Club Championship proved yet again to be another premier event,” said Karen Collins USA Field Hockey Event Logistics Director. “The weather wasn’t always in our favor throughout the nine days but the athletes certainly rose to the occasion by not taking any mental breaks or permitting any lulls in their play. When you bring the best of the best together to compete for the highest award a U.S. club can receive, you expect nothing short of outstanding play.”

For the Under-16 division the WC Eagles beat PA Mavericks FH Club (Middleton, Pa.) 6-0 giving the Eagles another championship victory at this year’s tournament. Also in a display of powerful performance, WC Eagles overcame Northeast Elite 9-0 to win the 2013 U-14 National Club Championship. Each U-14, U-16 and U-19 division winner at the event receives a gold stick from premier tournament sponsor, Harrow Sports as 2013 National Champions.

Sixteen of the best clubs from across the U.S. competed in four pools of four, over three days of play at USA Field Hockey’s National Training Center. The 2014 tournament will be played at the new Home of Hockey, in Lancaster, Pa.

On behalf of our core team at USA Field Hockey we would like to extend a warm thank you to our colleagues and friends at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex for their time, passion and commitment for assisting us in creating tournaments such as the NCC to facilitate young athletes’ dreams and in turn develop future Olympians,” said Collins.

USFHA media release



W C Eagles sweep USA National Club CHampionships

Richard Reedswain



W C Eagles U19 team

W C Eagles (Spring City, PA) dominated the USA Field Hockey 2013 National Club Championships, winning all three national age groups, Under 14, Under16, and Under 19.

Over the nine days of the National Club Championships, in the scorching heat of the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, VA, W C Eagles repeated as Under 14 National Champions beating Northeast Elite 9-0 in the Final, added the Under 16 title beating perennial rival PA Mavericks 6-0 in the Final, and retained their Under 19 championship with a 5-1 victory over Nook Hockey (PA).

W C Eagles Coach Jun Kentwell whose U14 team did not concede a goal and Under 16 only conceded one in the entire tournament commented  “I was especially pleased with our ball speed, our movement off the ball, and the accuracy of our passing. The girls maintained their shape and pressed high creating a lot of turnovers which allowed us play a fast offensive game.”

As 2013 National Champions each player was presented with a gold stick from premier tournament sponsor Harrow Sports.

Fieldhockey.com exclusive




Suva dominates hockey tournament

Zanzeer Singh



Lanoma Tuinamoala, left, of Nadi I and Merewai Tokola of Nadi II tussle for possession at Nadovu Park, Lautoka. Picture: JAI PRASAD

SUVA dominated the pool stages during the Aloesi Johns Memorial Hockey Tournament at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The Capital City team, boasting a few national reps, recorded high scores in both the men's and women's divisions.

In the men's division Suva with the Smith brothers, Hector and Adrian beat Nadi 3-0 and Lautoka A 6-1.

In the women's division Suva with the likes of national captain Melba Nautu and Maxine Brown walloped Nadi B 7-1 and Nadi A 4-0.

Fiji Hockey Federation development officer Tai Smith said they had added the Harry Rounds Trophy for the men's winner.

She thanked the Fiji National Sports Commission for coming on board as the major sponsor.

"I'm really happy with the number of players that turned up for the tournament," Smith said.

"There are many youngsters in the sport. It is the Aloesi Johns hockey weekend but we also decided to get the Harry Rounds Trophy as well. He was a strong supporter of hockey and that trophy will go to the men's winner.

"It is wonderful to have a national tournament in Lautoka. We would like to thank the Fiji National Sports Commission for supporting the tournament. Also the Northern Club and parent body chipped in to help."

A total of ten teams are participating in the two-day event. In the men's semi-finals this morning Suva will take on Ba while Lautoka B will play Nadi. In the fifth and sixth place play-offs Lautoka A will face Sigatoka.

The tournament will resume at 8am.

Results: Men: Nadi 7 Lautoka A, Ba 1 Sigatoka 0, Lautoka B 5 Sigatoka 2, Suva 3 Nadi 0, Suva 6 Lautoka A 1, Lautoka B 3 Ba 1. Women: Suva 7 Nadi B 1, Nadi A 2 Lautoka 0, Lautoka 0 Nadi B 3, Suva 4 Nadi A 0.

The Fiji Times